Lovett Dance Center instructors are talented, creative, and inspired individuals coming from diverse backgrounds. They are commited professionals that foster a respect for the art of dance with an understanding that we are helping to develop our students to become well rounded dancers with a vast movement vocabulary.
CAROLYN LOVETT, artistic director & choreographer
West Coast native Carolyn Lovett is an award winning choreographer and dance teacher. She received her early training from Anthony Sellers and Marnell Heimes of the Orange County Dance Center. Carolyn continued her training on scholarship at the Stanley Holden Dance Academy under Mr. Holden and Margaret Hills. Later she studied under Maredith Baylis, Basil Thompson, and Cho San Go at the Joffrey Ballet school in New York City. Carolyn has been teaching Ballet, Lyrical and Modern Dance in Southern California for 29 years. Many of Carolyn's students have been accepted to and received scholarships to notable Ballet Company schools including The Australian Ballet, Houston Ballet, American Ballet Theater, San Francisco Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, The Rock, Pacific Northwest Ballet, The School of American Ballet, Princess Grace Academy of Classical Dance (Monaco) and Washington Ballet. She has also had students hired into second company and trainee programs.
Carolyn's award winning performing groups and soloists have won many Overall and Special Awards at the Regional and National Levels. She was awarded "Choreographer of the Year" at the 2006 and 2007 Kids Artistic Revue National Finals in Las Vegas. She has also received many awards in the California Regional YAGP competitions: Outstanding Teacher in 2007, 2013 & 2014, Outstanding Choreographer in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 & 2015 and Outstanding Studio in 2011 & 2012.
Carolyn's students have also been successful at the National Finals in New York City. She has had students place top 12 in all three soloist divisions and the ensemble category. In 2007 during the YAGP Finals her piece "Requiem" was chosen to perform in the renowned Spoleto Festival in Italy as part of the Gala di Danza. In 2011 Carolyn choreographed the Silver Medal piece in the Ensemble category and saw that piece performed in the Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow Gala. Carolyn has also produced two Grand Prize finalists in the Music Center Spotlight Awards; Non-Classical Division in 2011 and Classical Division in 2012. These two students also placed in the Top 12 at the Youth America Grand Prix Nationals in 2011 and 2012.
Megumi Iwama was born and raised in Southern California, where she began her dance training at age 6. She danced competitively for 6 years with Pacific Dance in Irvine, winning numerous awards and training in diverse styles and movement vocabulary. Meg currently trains at the University of California, Irvine where she is working towards her Bachelor of Fine Arts-Performance as well as Bachelor of Fine Arts- Choreography. She trains under highly distinguished professors such as Molly Lynch, Diane Diefenderfer, Tong Wang, and is currently a member in modern dance legend Donald Mckayle's Etude Ensemble. She has had multiple opportunities performing on the Claire Trevor School of The Arts stage and is excited to continue to grow and perform new works at UCI. She has worked in many genres both in concert and commercial dance and trained with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in their summer intensive programs in 2015 and 2016. Commercially, she has had opportunities working with award winning choreographers such as Ryan Ramirez and assisting master classes with Marguerite Derricks. Outside of school she is a company member for contemporary dance company, Re:borN Dance Interactive under artistic direction by Boroka Nagy. As a dancer, Meg takes curiosity in the various means of embodying emotional connection and intensity, and the ability movement has to deliver raw and honest experiences of the human body. Meg has a strong passion for teaching and sharing her knowledge of dance, which motivates her to share this beautiful art form of dance with her students!
Raised in Fremont, CA, Kristy Dai began her dance training at the age of six in competition studios across Northern California, and has received top awards at regional and national competitions throughout middle and high school. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine in spring of 2016 with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and was recently a part of modern legend Donald McKayle's Etude Ensemble. She has performed in a number of McKayle’s classic repertory such as Rainbow Etude, Songs of The Disinherited, and House of Tears, including some of his more recent works. As a student at UC Irvine, she has worked with notable faculty members, such as Lisa Naugle, Shaun Boyle, Molly Lynch, and Sheron Wray, and was also a part of the university’s very own exhibition hip-hop dance team Modern Completely Insane Anteatears (MCIA). Kristy is currently a founding and active member of Re:Born Dance Interactive, a contemporary dance company and artist collective based in Southern California, and is represented by Go2Talent Agency based in Los Angeles.
Kristy was introduced to Pilates after a knee injury in high school caused her to spend a month recuperating in physical therapy. With the help of the Pilates method, Kristy was able to supplement her recovery process as she discovered the importance of achieving and maintaining a strong, healthy, and mobile body. After graduating, Kristy went on to complete a 450-hour comprehensive certification through Studio Du Corps in Costa Mesa, CA under the direction of Diane Diefenderfer, whom she had previously worked with at UC Irvine. She is currently expanding her training and experience within the commercial dance world in Los Angeles while continuing to pursue her interest in concert and contemporary work. She hopes to also continue sharing her passion and appreciation for Pilates as an instructor at Equinox Fitness and as a teacher in studios across Orange County.
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